English

English

Teaching Staff:

  • Mrs Barr Head of Department/Literacy Co-ordinator
  • Mrs Lewis Senior Teacher/Head of KS3
  • Mrs Stitt-McComb Assistant head of English/Teacher in Charge of Media
  • Mrs Hughes
  • Miss Rogan
  • Mrs Osborne English/Drama/Media
  • Miss Warren
  • Mr McLaughlin English/Drama/Media
  • Mrs Murray English/Geography
  • Miss Dobbin Learning Support Tutor

 

 

Head of Department:

Mrs A Barr

Course Outline:

Year 8 pupils will be given opportunities to undertake a number of different tasks and to experience a wide variety of texts during their first year at St Mary’s. Emphasis will be placed on developing pupils’ confidence and making the subject stimulating and enjoyable. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that the pupils’ transition from primary school to St Mary’s is as smooth as possible.

Accordingly, pupils will:
  • Have the opportunity to develop their literacy skills: one period each week focuses primarily on building upon and extending pupils’ literacy skills. Every month a different literacy target will be addressed;
  • Be given the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon: their early childhood, home and family, friends, primary school and their experiences to the present day. A range of stimuli will be provided through poetry, drama and prose. Roald Dahl’s Boy will be the set text for term 1.
  • Be asked to complete a self-assessment form, identifying what they feel they have done well and areas for improvement, at the end of each term/unit of work. A teacher comment will be added and a parental signature is required.

 

Tasks and assessments will be based on the three attainment targets: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop the key skills highlighted in the Curriculum:
  • Managing Information
  • Thinking, problem solving, decision making
  • Being Creative
  • Working with others
  • Self-management.

 

Year 8 pupils will complete the following units of work:

Myself / New Beginnings

Students will reflect upon their memories from childhood and share experiences of beginning at St Mary’s. They will study a variety of poetry and prose texts to stimulate their own writing. They will read Boy by Roald Dahl and develop their skills in narrative writing.

'Macbeth'

Students will be introduced to the life and times of William Shakespeare. They will examine main characters and key scenes from ‘Macbeth’ as well as completing a series of creative responses to the text.

Writing to Inform and Explain

Students will be introduced to non-fiction genres. They will read a variety of texts and develop an understanding of audience, purpose, form and textual features. Students will focus on report writing and be able to research, plan and produce a non-chronological report. They will also develop their presentation skills and have the opportunity to present to their class.

Print Media / Advertising

Students will examine the role of advertising in modern society. They will examine a range of texts and develop an understanding of how images, colour, layout and language influence a reader.

Teachers will ensure that active learning lessons and drama-based lessons are included. English classes will visit the school library once every fortnight and students are expected to read widely.

 

Assessment:

  • There are four assessment points across the year: October; December; March and June. All assessment scores will be shared with parents. Any student who fails an assessment will be expected to repeat it.
  • Pupils will be asked to complete a self-assessment form, identifying areas of success and identifying areas for improvement at the end of each term/unit of work.
  • A teacher comment will be added and a parental signature is required.

 

Study / Homework Requirements:

Pupils will be expected to:
  • Complete at least ONE written homework per week (parental signature is required);
  • Complete reading which may be given ONCE a week (parents should check homework diary and sign as indicated);
  • Ensure a peaceful, suitable place is provided for the completion of homework.

 

Key Points to Success:

Ensure That:
  • All homework is planned, drafted and presented to an acceptable standard;
  • Parents sign and check all homework;
  • The success criteria is utilised as a guideline for success;
  • Pupils ask teachers for help and guidance if in doubt!

 

Head of Department:

Mrs A Barr

Course Outline: English Language:

  • Students will follow the CCEA specification for GCSE English Language.

Unit 1: Personal writing and Reading multi-modal texts - (1 hour 30 mintues exam sat at the end of Year 12)

 Section 1: Writing  10% of total GCSE  45 mins   24 marks 
 Section 2: Reading   10% of total GCSE  45 mins   24 marks 

 

Unit 2: Functional writing and reading non-fiction - (1 hour 30 minute exam sat at the end of Year 11)

 Section 1: Writing  10% of total GCSE  45 mins   24 marks 
 Section 2: Reading   10% of total GCSE  45 mins   24 marks 

 

Unit 3: Speaking and listening - (controlled assessment)

3 tasks worth 25 marks each - 20% of the total GCSE marks

 

Unit 4: Spoken language study and creative writing - (controlled assessment)

 Task 1:  The study of spoken language  25 marks   10% of total GCSE
 Task 2:  The study of written language  25 marks  15% of total GCSE
 Task 3:  Creative Writing  30 marks  15% of total GCSE

 

Assessment:

Examination x 2
  • Unit 1: Personal writing and Reading multi-modal texts (1 hour 30 minutes) = 20%
  • Unit 2: Functional writing and reading non-fiction (1 hour 30 minutes) = 20%

Coursework:

Controlled Assessment x 4 = 60%

Unit 3: Speaking and Listening = 20%

3 tasks with a combined total of 75 marks (25 marks per task)
  • Presenting
  • Discussing
  • Role Playing

Unit 4: Spoken language Study and creative writing = 40%

Assessments will be selected from a task bank issued by the examination board.
 Task 1:  The study of spoken language  25 marks   10% of total GCSE
 Task 2:  The study of written language  25 marks  15% of total GCSE
 Task 3:  Creative Writing  30 marks  15% of total GCSE
All controlled assessment tasks must be completed in school under supervised conditions.

 

Study / Homework Requirements:

Pupils will be expected to:
  • Complete at least ONE written homework each week;
  • Independently revise and read;
  • Meet deadlines
  • Be fully prepared for the completion of controlled assessment tasks.

 

Key Points to Success:

Pupils should:
  • Independently revise/summarise all key areas explored in class;
  • Re-read the texts/notes already covered;
  • Ask for parental/guardian support when needed;
  • Ask for teacher support when needed.

 

A-Level English Literature

Head of Department:

Mrs A Barr

Course Outline:

  • AS 1: The Study of Drama (Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘All my Sons’ by Arthur Miller).
  • AS 2: The Study of Poetry Written after 1800 (Robert Frost and Edward Thomas) and the Study of Prose 1800-1945 (The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald).
  • A2 1: The Study of Poetry 1300-1800 (Chaucer’s ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’). The Study of Drama 1300-1800 (‘A Doll’s House’ (Ibsen) and ‘Look Back in Anger’ (Osborne).
  • A2 2: The Study of Prose-theme based.
Section A: Close analysis from a post-1900 novel. Students will focus on the theme of THE OUTSIDER. In Section B students will study The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe (London, Picador, 1992). This section of the Unit will be taught in Term 2 (January-May) and students will sit the external examination in June.

 

Assessment: (All AS/A2 examinations will be sat in Term 3 of Year 13/14).

Unit AS2: The Study of Poetry Written after 1800 and The Study of Prose 1800-1945

Section A:

The Study of Poetry written after 1800 - The aim of Section A is to give students the opportunity to compare and contrast two poets they have studied. They will be expected to communicate effectively their knowledge and understanding in responding to a question requiring analysis of poetic methods such as form, structure, language and tone which the poets use to achieve particular effects.

Students will study Robert Frost and Edward Thomas. This section of the unit will be taught in Term 2 (January-May) and students will sit the external exam in JUNE.

Section B:

The Study of Drama from 1300-1800 - Students will be expected to communicate effectively their knowledge and understanding of two drama texts in response to a stimulus statement which expresses a particular reading of the plays. Responses should include sustained comparison/contrast of the plays and take account of such dramatic methods as characterisation, structure, language and staging. Students will also be expected to show contextual knowledge - social, cultural or historical characteristics of the particular type or genre of the plays - obtained from outside the texts of the plays and relevant to the terms of the question.

Students will study ‘A Doll’s House’ (Ibsen) and ‘Look Back in Anger’ (Osborne) - Drama of Social Realism. This section of the Unit will be taught in Term 2 (September-December). Students will sit the external examination in Term 3.

Rubric:

A choice of two questions, (a) and (b), will be set on each text in Section A, an extract or a single poem will be provided. Students will be expected to answer the one question set on their chosen pair of texts in Section B. Duration: 2 hours. Style of Examination: The extract or poem will be provided in Section A. Section B will be closed book.

Unit A2 2: The Study of Prose-theme based THE OUTSIDER

Students will study novels on a chosen theme for this unit. In Section A, they must answer one question on an extract given for close analysis from the chosen post-1990 text. In Section B, they must answer one question on any TWO of the remaining three novels on this theme.

Section A:

Close analysis of an extract from a post-1990 novel (The Butcher Boy by Patrick Mc Cabe). - Question 1 requires students to analyse and evaluate a given extract from the novel they have chosen. They will be expected to demonstrate a sustained personal response to the given material based on an informed literary critical perspective. Students will be expected to demonstrate detailed critical understanding of the narrative methods which the writers use, for example narrative point of view, character intentions, language (including imagery) and tone to shape meanings.

Section B:

Comparison of two novels on the same theme as that chosen for Section A - Students will be expected to show detailed knowledge and understanding of two novels on a given theme in response to a stimulus statement which expresses a particular reading of the novels. Students’ responses should contain sustained comparison/contrast of the novels and take account of such narrative methods as characterisation, form and structure, language and tone. Students will be expected to show contextual knowledge - social, cultural or historical characteristics of the particular type or genre of the novels - obtained from outside the texts of the novels and relevant to the terms of the question.

Students will focus on THE OUTSIDER, and will study The Outsider by Albert Camus and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This section of the Unit will be taught in Term 2 (January-May) and the students will sit the external examination in Term 3.


Rubric:

Students will be expected to answer two questions. In Section A, students will answer one question requiring close analysis of an extract from the novel they have read. In Section B, students will answer one question requiring comparison of two novels on the same theme as that chosen for Section A. Duration: 2 hours. Style of Examination - Section A: open book (clean copy), Section B: closed book.

 

Head Of Department:

Mrs A Barr

Course Outline:

Students will study the CCEA specification for GCSE English Literature.

Unit 1:

The Study of Prose (Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck)

Unit 2:

The Study of Drama and Poetry (An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley and Poetry of Heaney and Hardy)

Unit 3:

The Study of Linked Texts (Controlled Assessment based on a study of one drama and one prose text)


Assessment:

Examination x 2
  • Unit 1: The Study of Prose (1 hour closed book) = 30 marks (25%)
  • Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry (2 hour open book examination) = 100 marks (50%)

  • Section A: Drama (An Inspector Calls) = 40 marks (20%)
  • Section B: Poetry of Heaney and Hardy = 40 marks (20%)
  • Section C: Unseen Poetry = 20 marks (10%)

Pupils will sit Unit 1 at the end of Year 11 and Unit 2 at the end of Year 12.

In all Literature examinations students will be expected to consider the key aspects of literary study:
  • Ideas, themes and issues;
  • Characterisation;
  • Setting.

This must be underpinned by an appreciation and understanding of writers’ language and techniques. Pupils should develop their analytical skills and the ability to make informed personal responses.

Coursework:

Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts = 50 marks (25%)

Pupils will complete a two-part assignment:
  • Part 1: Knowledge of the drama text and examination of contextual influences = 20 marks (10%)
  • Part 2: Link the drama and prose texts = 30 marks (15%)

Study/Homework Requirements:

Pupils will be expected to:
  • Complete at least one written homework a week;
  • Independently revise and read set texts.

Key Points To Success:

Pupils Should:
  • Independently revise or summarise all key areas explored in class;
  • Re-read the texts covered;
  • Access resources via Fronter;
  • Adhere to set deadlines;
  • Ask for support when needed.